Saturday, April 4, 2020

Bukowski & Kwiatkowski Research Update: Vincinety Frank Bukowski & Franciska Kwiatkowski Marriage Record

This is the fifth post in the Bukowski & Kwiatkowski Research Update Series. This series will be focused on two Polish immigrants, my 2nd great-grandparents, who settled in Erie, Erie County, Pennsylvania and their family members.  Vincinety Frank Bukowski and Franciska Kwiatkowski arrived at Ellis Island 1 May 1895 with three small children - Teo Fila, Catherine and William. The family had sailed from Antwerp, Belgium on the Noorland. The family was very quiet about their past - leaving few clues to where they lived in Poland and why they left. All that was known is that the family resided on the Prussian or German side of the Polish partition. The city of origin for the family was previously unknown. Over the last year collaboration with other researchers, DNA results and newly discovered records have provided additional context to where in Poland the families were living prior to their journey to Ellis Island.

Other Posts in the Series:
9 February 2020: Bukowski & Kwiatkowski Research Update: Teo Fila Bukowski Birth Location Identified
22 February 2020: Bukowski & Kwiatkowski Research Update: Männlichen Bukowski
01 March 2020: Bukowski & Kwiatkowski Research Update: Teo Fila Bukowski Baptismal Record
04 April 2020: Bukowski & Kwiatkowski Research Update: Elisabeth Bukowski

Bukowski & Kwiatkowski Research Update: Vincinety Frank Bukowski & Franciska Kwiatkowski Marriage Record

The Ryńsk Catholic Parish registers did not include a marriage record Vincinety Frank Bukowski and Franciska Kwiatkowski. The next step in the research journey was to locate Catholic Parish registers for the other Polish locations associated with the the family - Pluskowęsy, Wąbrzeźno and Orzechowo, Wąbrzeźno.

The positive news is that Catholic Parish registers for Orzechowo, Poland are housed in the collections at The Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah. These records can be accessed by visiting the The Family History Library or one of the affiliate libraries.

The church records available for Poland, Bydgoszcz, Orzechowo (Wąbrzeźno) include:
  • Film 1569299, DGS 8021410: Baptisms from 1876-1890, Marriages from 1877-1890, Deaths from 1876-1890
It should be noted that this area was associated with Germany, Preußen, Westpreußen, Groß Orsichau prior to the signing of the Treaty of Versailles.

Marriage Record

The marriage record for Vincinety Frank Bukowski and Franciska Kwiatkowski was located in the Orzechowo, Poland Catholic Parish Registers.

The translation provided by German Script Experts:

Year 1885
Record 8
Married on 18 October: Vincent Bukowski, unmarried young man from Orzechowo, Catholic faith, and Franciska Kwiatkowska, unmarried young woman from Orzechowo, Catholic faith. Proclamations were posted on the 19th, 20th, and 21st Sunday after Pentecost.

The marriage of Vincinety Frank Bukowski and Franciska Kwiatkowski most likely occurred at the Kościół Rzymskokatolicki Pw. św. Marii Magdaleny or Roman Catholic church St. Mary Magdalene in Orzechowo, Poland.

"The Gothic, stone church (with brick gables), one-nave, dates from the fourteenth century."
As shared by Maciej Ch on Google Maps.


Ilustracja

Kościół Rzymskokatolicki Pw. św. Marii Magdaleny
Roman Catholic church St. Mary Magdalene
Orzechowo, Poland
Photo By 1bumer - Praca własna, CC BY-SA 4.0, Link









Vincinety Frank Bukowski and Franciska Kwiatkowski Family Timeline

The death record for Männlichen Bukowski and the birth record for Teo Fila Bukowski both record Vincent working as a farmhand. The families movements in Poland are noted below.
  • 18 October 1885 Orzechowo, Poland as recorded in the marriage record for Vincinety Frank Bukowski and Franciska Kwiatkowski. 
  • 14 September 1886 through 27 October 1886 Vincent and Franciska are living in Orzechowo, Poland as recorded in the birth and death records for Elisabeth Bukowski. 
  • 19 January 1888 through 2 April 1889 the family is living in Ryńsk, Poland as recorded in death record for Männlichen Bukowski and birth record for Teo Fila Bukowski. 
  • 23 November 1891 the family was living in Poland - birth of Catherine M. Bukowski - exact location is currently not known.
  • 14 September 1894 the family was living in Poland - birth of William F. Bukowski - exact location is currently not known.
  • 1895 Antwerp, Belgium - Port of Departure 
  • 1 May 1895 New York, New York - Port of Arrival - Ellis Island 

Vincent  Bukowski and  Franciska Kwiatkowski  are my 2nd great grandparents. They are the parents of my great-grandmother Helen Tillie Bukowski. Helen's son Arthur Murosky is my paternal grandfather. 

References:
  1. Ancestry.com. Eastern Prussian Provinces, Germany [Poland], Selected Civil Vitals, 1874-1945 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2016. 
  2. Ellis Island Records, Bukowski, Vincent Manifest: First Name: Vincenty Last Name: Bukowski Ethnicity: Germany Last Place of Residence: Date of Arrival: May 01, 1895 Age at Arrival: 33y Gender: M Marital Status: Ship of Travel: Noordland Port.
  3. Poland, Bydgoszcz, Orzechowo (Wąbrzeźno) - Church records: Taufen 1876-1890 -- Heiraten 1877-1890 -- Tote 1876-1890, Katholische Kirche Groß Orischau (Kr Briesen) , Salt Lake City, Utah : Gefilmt durch The Genealogical Society of Utah, 1988. Film No. 1569299 Items 4-6, Marriage Record 23.

Saturday, March 28, 2020

Bukowski & Kwiatkowski Research Update: Elisabeth Bukowski

This is the fourth post in the Bukowski & Kwiatkowski Research Update Series. This series will be focused on two Polish immigrants, my 2nd great-grandparents, who settled in Erie, Erie County, Pennsylvania and their family members.  Vincinety Frank Bukowski and Franciska Kwiatkowski arrived at Ellis Island 1 May 1895 with three small children - Teo Fila, Catherine and William. The family had sailed from Antwerp, Belgium on the Noorland. The family was very quiet about their past - leaving few clues to where they lived in Poland and why they left. All that was known is that the family resided on the Prussian or German side of the Polish partition. The city of origin for the family was previously unknown. Over the last year collaboration with other researchers, DNA results and newly discovered records have provided additional context to where in Poland the families were living prior to their journey to Ellis Island.

Other Posts in the Series:
9 February 2020: Bukowski & Kwiatkowski Research Update: Teo Fila Bukowski Birth Location Identified
22 February 2020: Bukowski & Kwiatkowski Research Update: Männlichen Bukowski
01 March 2020: Bukowski & Kwiatkowski Research Update: Teo Fila Bukowski Baptismal Record

Bukowski & Kwiatkowski Research Update: Elisabeth Bukowski

The Ryńsk Catholic Parish registers did not include a marriage record Vincinety Frank Bukowski and Franciska Kwiatkowski. The next step in the research journey was to locate Catholic Parish registers for the other Polish locations associated with the the family - Pluskowęsy, Wąbrzeźno and Orzechowo, Wąbrzeźno.

The positive news is that Catholic Parish registers for Orzechowo, Poland are housed in the collections at The Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah. These records can be accessed by visiting the The Family History Library or one of the affiliate libraries.

The church records available for Poland, Bydgoszcz, Orzechowo (Wąbrzeźno) include:
  • Film 1569299, DGS 8021410: Baptisms from 1876-1890, Marriages from 1877-1890, Deaths from 1876-1890
It should be noted that this area was associated with Germany, Preußen, Westpreußen, Groß Orsichau prior to the signing of the Treaty of Versailles.

Ute Brandenburg with German Scripts Exports reviewed the Orzechowo Catholic Parish Registers.  The Catholic Parish registers revealed a previously unknown family member, Elisabeth Bukowski, the first born daughter of Vincinety Frank Bukowski and Franciska Kwiatkowski.

Elisabeth Bukowski - 1886 Baptism

The baptism for Elisabeth Bukowski was recorded in the Katholische Kirche Groß Orischau (Kr Briesen) records. The German translation to English provided by German Script Experts:

Record 30
Born in Orzechowo on 14 September 1886, and baptized on 16 September: Elisabeth, daughter
of Vincent Bukowski and Franciska Kwiatko [sic]. Sponsors: Andreas Ziołkowski and Catharzyna
Rogocka. 
The officiant was Pastor Kiedrowski.

Elisabeth Bukowski - 1886 Burial

The death for Elisabeth Bukowski was recorded in the  Katholische Kirche Groß Orischau (Kr Briesen) records.

MB Boutiques: Historical Records &emdash; Elisabeth Bukowska  1886 Burial Record in Groß Orsichau
Elisabeth Bukowski Burial Record 
27 October 1886
Orzechowo, Poland
The German translation to English provided by German Script Experts:

Record 23
Elizabeth Bukowski, age one month and 14 days, died on 24 October 1886 and was buried on 27
October in Orzechowo. The parents are Vincent Bukowski and his wife Franciska née
Kwiatkowska. 
Officiant: Kiedrowski.

Vincinety Frank Bukowski and Franciska Kwiatkowski Family Group

With the addition of Elisabeth Bukowski there are twelve recorded children born to Vincinety Frank Bukowski and Franciska Kwiatkowski:
  1. Elisabeth Bukowski b. 14 September 1886 in Orzechowo, Poland
  2. Männlichen Bukowski b. 19 January 1888 in Ryńsk, Poland
  3. Teo Fila Bukowski b. 26 March 1889 in Ryńsk, Poland 
  4. Catherine M. Bukowski b. 23 November 1891 in Poland
  5. William F. Bukowski b. 14 September 1894 in Poland
  6. John Frank Bukowski b. 7 December 1897 in Erie, Erie County, Pennsylvania
  7. Gustave Joseph Bukowski b. 11 February 1899 in Erie, Erie County, Pennsylvania
  8. Helen Tillie Bukowski b. 13 June 1901 in Erie, Erie County, Pennsylvania
  9. Clara Tillie Bukowski b. 31 August 1903 in Erie, Erie County, Pennsylvania
  10. Joseph R. Bukowski b. 4 July 1906 in Erie, Erie County, Pennsylvania
  11. Josefa Bukowski b. 29 July 1908 in Erie, Erie County, Pennsylvania
  12. Edward Bukowski b. 3 February 1911 in Erie, Erie County, Pennsylvania
With the addition of these records for Elisabeth Bukowski - the two additional children that Franciska noted in the 1900 and 1910 United States Federal Census are now known.

In the 1900 United States Federal Census Franciska indicated she was the mother of seven children and five children were living. Five children were recorded in the household - Teo Fila, Catherine, William, John and Gustave.

In the 1910 United States Federal Census Franciska indicated she was the mother of eleven children and eight children were living. The eight living children in 1910 include:  Teo Fila, Catherine, William, John, Gustave, Helen, Clara and Joseph.

Of the twelve children born to Vincinety Frank Bukowski and Franciska Kwiatkowski eight lived to adulthood.

Orzechowo, Poland

Orzechowo, Poland is approximately 3.4 km or about 2.2 miles south of Ryńsk. The family most likely moved between villages for work. The death record for Männlichen Bukowski indicated that Vincent was a farmhand. It is plausible that Vincent was working as a farmhand on an estate farm and moved between villages to work on different farms.



Vincinety Frank Bukowski and Franciska Kwiatkowski Family Timeline

The death record for Männlichen Bukowski and the birth record for Teo Fila Bukowski both record Vincent working as a farmhand. The families movements in Poland are noted below.
  • About 1886 Poland - Marriage of Vincinety Frank Bukowski and Franciska Kwiatkowski - exact location is currently not known.
  • 14 September 1886 through 27 October 1886 Vincent and Franciska are living in Orzechowo, Poland as recorded in the birth and death records for Elisabeth Bukowski. 
  • 19 January 1888 through 2 April 1889 the family is living in Ryńsk, Poland as recorded in death record for Männlichen Bukowski and birth record for Teo Fila Bukowski. 
  • 23 November 1891 the family was living in Poland - birth of Catherine M. Bukowski - exact location is currently not known.
  • 14 September 1894 the family was living in Poland - birth of William F. Bukowski - exact location is currently not known.
  • 1895 Antwerp, Belgium - Port of Departure 
  • 1 May 1895 New York, New York - Port of Arrival - Ellis Island 

Elisabeth Bukowski would have been my 2nd great aunt. She was the sister of my great-grandmother Helen Tillie Bukowski. Helen's son Arthur Murosky is my paternal grandfather.

References:
  1. Ellis Island Records, Bukowski, Vincent Manifest: First Name: Vincenty Last Name: Bukowski Ethnicity: Germany Last Place of Residence: Date of Arrival: May 01, 1895 Age at Arrival: 33y Gender: M Marital Status: Ship of Travel: Noordland Port 
  2. 1900 U.S. Census, Pennsylvania, Erie, Erie, Ward 2, 1900 United States Federal Census Schedule; Online Images, Record for Bukowski, Vincent 1.
  3. 1910 U.S. Census, Pennsylvania, Erie, Erie, 2nd Ward, 1910 United States Federal Census Schedule; Online Images, Record for Bukowski, Vincent. 
  4. Poland, Bydgoszcz, Orzechowo (Wąbrzeźno) - Church records: Taufen 1876-1890 -- Heiraten 1877-1890 -- Tote 1876-1890, Katholische Kirche Groß Orischau (Kr Briesen) , Salt Lake City, Utah : Gefilmt durch The Genealogical Society of Utah, 1988. Film No. 1569299 Items 4-6, Baptismal Record 30.
  5. Poland, Bydgoszcz, Orzechowo (Wąbrzeźno) - Church records: Taufen 1876-1890 -- Heiraten 1877-1890 -- Tote 1876-1890, Katholische Kirche Groß Orischau (Kr Briesen) , Salt Lake City, Utah : Gefilmt durch The Genealogical Society of Utah, 1988. Film No. 1569299 Items 4-6, Burial Record 23.

Sunday, March 1, 2020

Bukowski & Kwiatkowski Research Update: Teo Fila Bukowski Baptismal Record

This is the third post in the Bukowski & Kwiatkowski Research Update Series. This series will be focused on two Polish immigrants, my 2nd great-grandparents, who settled in Erie, Erie County, Pennsylvania and their family members.  Vincinety Frank Bukowski and Franciska Kwiatkowski arrived at Ellis Island 1 May 1895 with three small children - Teo Fila, Catherine and William. The family had sailed from Antwerp, Belgium on the Noorland. The family was very quiet about their past - leaving few clues to where they lived in Poland and why they left. All that was known is that the family resided on the Prussian or German side of the Polish partition. The city of origin for the family was previously unknown. Over the last year collaboration with other researchers, DNA results and newly discovered records have provided additional context to where in Poland the families were living prior to their journey to Ellis Island.

Other Posts in the Series:
9 February 2020: Bukowski & Kwiatkowski Research Update: Teo Fila Bukowski Birth Location Identified
22 February 2020: Bukowski & Kwiatkowski Research Update: Männlichen Bukowski

Bukowski & Kwiatkowski Research Update: Teo Fila Bukowski Baptismal Record

The first Polish records located for the Vincinety Frank Bukowski and Franciska Kwiatkowski family were included in a vital records data base - Eastern Prussian Provinces, Germany [Poland], Selected Civil Vitals, 1874-1945 housed at Ancestry.

The vital records database indicated the family was living in Ryńsk, Poland. The next step in the research process was to determine if Catholic Parish registers were available for Ryńsk, Poland. The Catholic Parish registers would record family milestones including baptisms, marriages and deaths.

There are Catholic Parish registers from Ryńsk, Poland housed in the collections at The Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah. These records can be accessed by visiting the The Family History Library or one of the affiliate libraries.

The church records available for Poland, Bydgoszcz, Ryńsk (Wąbrzez'no) include:
  • Film 72645, DGS 7949212: Baptisms from 1677-1828, Marriages from 1773-1874, Deaths from 1774-1849
  • Film 531411, DGS 4004202: Baptisms from 1829-1867, Deaths from 1850-1875
  • Film 1569299 Items 7-10, DGS 8021410: Baptisms from 1875-1890 (duplicates), Baptisms from 1875-1890, Marriages from 1876-1890 and Deaths from 1876-1883
  • Film 1569300 Item 1, DGS 8119410: Deaths 1883-1890
  • Film 161913, DGS 7946041: Baptisms from 1677-1789, 1792-1828, Marriages from 1773-1788, 1794-1875, Deaths from 1773-1775, 1779-1849
It should be noted that this area was associated with Germany, Preußen, Westpreußen, Rheinsberg (Kr. Briesen) prior to the signing of the Treaty of Versailles.

The films that align with the dates that Vincinety Frank Bukowski and Franciska Kwiatkowski were living in Ryńsk are shown in bold above. To assist with this phase of the searching - I engaged Ute Brandenburg with German Script Experts. She reviewed the Ryńsk films and located the baptismal record for Teo Fila Bukowski.

Teo Fila Bukowski Baptismal Record

The original record as recorded in Latin:

Jahr: 1889
No. 17
Locus Nativitatis: Ryńsk
Noman: Teofila
Nomen et cognomen, patris (infantis legimimi): Vincent Bukowski, legitimate birth
Nomen et cognomen, matris: Franciska Kwiatkowski
Dies, nativitatis: 31 Martii
Dies, baptismimart: 7 Aprilis
patrinorum, Nomen et cognomen: Josef Strzelecki and Rozalia Bornicha

The Latin translation provided by German Script Experts:

Year: 1889
No. 19
Place of Birth: Ryńsk
Name: Teofila
Name and Surname, Father (legitimate birth): Vincent Bukowski
Name and Surname, Mother: Franciska Kwiatkowski
Birth: 31 March
Baptism: 7 April
Sponsor Name and Surname: Josef Strzelecki and Rozalia Bornicha. 

The baptism of Teo Fila Bukowski most likely occurred at the Kościół p w. św. Wawrzyńca or Church of St. Lawrence in Ryńsk, Poland.  The text below is from monuments section the website Ryńsk Commune website:

4. The parish church in Rynsk 

The Gothic-Renaissance parish church in Rynsk dedicated to Saint Lawrence, built of field stone, was built in the first half of the 14th century. The church body founded on a square plan was rebuilt in 1608 from the funds of the Fabian Plemięcki foundation. The decorative tower added at that time gave the temple a Gothic-Renaissance character. In 1648 at the expense of Jan Działyński, the then Chełmno voivode, the church was renovated again. The eighteenth-century interior decor prevails in the temple. These are: the Renaissance pulpit, benches with early Renaissance woodcarving decorations, the baroque right side altar made of black marble in 1645, the early Baroque main altar from the mid-seventeenth century with the later eighteenth-century sculptures of St. Stanislaus and St. Wojciech and the painting - "Martyrdom of St. Wawrzyniec ”from the turn of the 16th and 17th centuries. Noteworthy is also a stone baroque baptismal font from the mid-seventeenth century, a baroque sculpture of the Risen Christ, a granite medieval stoup and nineteenth-century organs. Of the goldsmith's art, the most valuable are: a Renaissance tower monstrance and a chalice from the 17th century, a reliquary from 1749 and a 15th-century Gothic bell. The building was entered in the register of monuments on July 13, 1936.

Kościół p w. św. Wawrzyńca, Church of St. Lawrence
Rynsk, Poland





It should be noted that Ryńsk has a second church that was constructed in 1889. The church was originally constructed as an Evangelical Church for German settlers to the area. Today this church is a Catholic Church, Kościół Rzymskokatolicki pw. Najświętszego Pana Jezusa, Mikołaja Ryńskiego, 87-213 Ryńsk, Poland, Roman Catholic Church Of the Holy Lord Jesus. The text below is from monuments section the website Ryńsk Commune website:

5. Church of the Sacred Heart of Jesus 

 The Evangelical (currently Catholic) church in Rynsk dedicated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus was erected at the beginning of the 20th century for German settlers who settled in these areas in large numbers. It has neo-Gothic forms, from the facade there is a tower topped with a steep roof and a high turret. The spans of the aisles are covered with transverse roofs, while the neo-Gothic body was built of brick on a stone pedestal. The gable roof over the body with the presbytery is covered with tiles. The church has nineteenth-century interior furnishings and nineteenth-century organs in a neo-Gothic external setting. The church was entered into the register of monuments on May 24, 2013.


Vincinety Frank Bukowski and Franciska Kwiatkowski Family Timeline

The death record for Männlichen Bukowski and the birth record for Teo Fila Bukowski both record Vincent working as a farmhand. The families movements in Poland are noted below.
  • About 1886 Poland - Marriage of Vincinety Frank Bukowski and Franciska Kwiatkowski - exact location is currently not known.
  • 19 January 1888 through 2 April 1889 the family is living in Ryńsk, Poland as recorded in death record for Männlichen Bukowski and birth record for Teo Fila Bukowski. 
  • 23 November 1891 the family was living in Poland - birth of Catherine M. Bukowski - exact location is currently not known.
  • 14 September 1894 the family was living in Poland - birth of William F. Bukowski - exact location is currently not known.
  • 1895 Antwerp, Belgium - Port of Departure 
  • 1 May 1895 New York, New York - Port of Arrival - Ellis Island 
Vincinety Frank Bukowski and Franciska Kwiatkowski Family Group

There are eleven recorded children born to Vincinety Frank Bukowski and Franciska Kwiatkowski:
  1. Männlichen Bukowski b. 19 January 1888 in Ryńsk, Poland
  2. Teo Fila Bukowski b. 26 March 1889 in Ryńsk, Poland 
  3. Catherine M. Bukowski b. 23 November 1891 in Poland
  4. William F. Bukowski b. 14 September 1894 in Poland
  5. John Frank Bukowski b. 7 December 1897 in Erie, Erie County, Pennsylvania
  6. Gustave Joseph Bukowski b. 11 February 1899 in Erie, Erie County, Pennsylvania
  7. Helen Tillie Bukowski b. 13 June 1901 in Erie, Erie County, Pennsylvania
  8. Clara Tillie Bukowski b. 31 August 1903 in Erie, Erie County, Pennsylvania
  9. Joseph R. Bukowski b. 4 July 1906 in Erie, Erie County, Pennsylvania
  10. Josefa Bukowski b. 29 July 1908 in Erie, Erie County, Pennsylvania
  11. Edward Bukowski b. 3 February 1911 in Erie, Erie County, Pennsylvania
Continuing the Search - Next Steps

The Ryńsk Catholic Parish registers only include baptisms through 1890 - as a result the baptismal records for Catherine M. Bukowski and William F. Bukowski were not located - as these children were born after 1890.

The Ryńsk Catholic Parish Registers also did not include a marriage record Vincinety Frank Bukowski and Franciska Kwiatkowski.

The next step will be to determine if there are Catholic Parish registers available for the other Polish locations previously associated with the the family - Pluskowęsy, Wąbrzeźno and Orzechowo, Wąbrzeźno. The intent would to locate the marriage record for Vincinety Frank Bukowski and Franciska Kwiatkowski.

Teo Fila Bukowski is my 2nd great aunt. She is the sister of my great-grandmother Helen Tillie Bukowski. Helen's son Arthur Murosky is my paternal grandfather. 

References:
  1. Ancestry.com. Eastern Prussian Provinces, Germany [Poland], Selected Civil Vitals, 1874-1945 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2016. 
  2. Ellis Island Records, Bukowski, Vincent Manifest: First Name: Vincenty Last Name: Bukowski Ethnicity: Germany Last Place of Residence: Date of Arrival: May 01, 1895 Age at Arrival: 33y Gender: M Marital Status: Ship of Travel: Noordland Port.
  3. Poland, Bydgoszcz, Ryńsk (Wąbrzez'no) - Church records: Taufen 1875-1890 (Duplikate) Taufen 1875-1890 Heiraten 1876-1890 Tote 1876-1883, Katholische Kirche Rheinsberg (Kr. Briesen), Salt Lake City, Utah : Gefilmt durch The Genealogical Society of Utah, 1950, 1954, 1968, 1988. Film No. 1569299 Items 7-10, Record 19.

Saturday, February 22, 2020

Bukowski & Kwiatkowski Research Update: Männlichen Bukowski

This is the second post in the Bukowski & Kwiatkowski Research Update Series. This series will be focused on two Polish immigrants, my 2nd great-grandparents, who settled in Erie, Erie County, Pennsylvania and their family members.  Vincinety Frank Bukowski and Franciska Kwiatkowski arrived at Ellis Island 1 May 1895 with three small children - Teo Fila, Catherine and William. The family had sailed from Antwerp, Belgium on the Noorland. The family was very quiet about their past - leaving few clues to where they lived in Poland and why they left. All that was known is that the family resided on the Prussian or German side of the Polish partition. The city of origin for the family was previously unknown. Over the last year collaboration with other researchers, DNA results and newly discovered records have provided additional context to where in Poland the families were living prior to their journey to Ellis Island.

Other Posts in the Series:
9 February 2020: Bukowski & Kwiatkowski Research Update: Teo Fila Bukowski Birth Location Identified
22 February 2020: Bukowski & Kwiatkowski Research Update: Männlichen Bukowski

Bukowski & Kwiatkowski Research Update: Männlichen Bukowski

The first Polish record located for the family of Vincinety Frank Bukowski and Franciska Kwiatkowski was the birth registration record of their daughter Teo Fila Bukowski. The record was located in the Eastern Prussian Provinces, Germany [Poland], Selected Civil Vitals, 1874-1945 database housed at Ancestry.

The database also included the death record of a son born to Vincinety Frank Bukowski and Franciska Kwiatkowski. The name on the record is Männlichen Bukowski which translates to a male child.

MB Boutiques: Historical Records &emdash; Männlichen Bukowski - 20 Jan 1888 Death Record
Infant Boy Bukowski Death Record 
20 Jan 1888
Ryńsk, Poland
The original record as recorded in German:

Nr. 4
Ryńsk am 20ten Januar 1888
Vor dem unterzeichneten Standesbeamten erschien heute, der Persönlichkeit nach bekannt, der Knecht Vincent Bukowski wohnhaft zu Ryńsk, und zeigte an, daß seine Ehefrau Franziska Bukowski geborne Kwiatkowska, katholischer Religion, wohnhaft zu Ryńsk bei dem Anzeigenden, am neunzehnten Januar des Jahres Tausend achthundert und acht und achtzig Vormittags zwoelf Uhr von einem Kinde, welches todt war, männlichen Geschlechts, entbunden worden ist. 17 Druckworte gestrichen.

Vorgelesen, genehmigt und wegen Schreibensunkunde von dem Anzeigenden unterkreuzt. 
+++ Handzeichen des Vincent Bukowski

Der Standesbeamte [signature] 

Zu No. 4 
Nebenstehende Anzeige wird dahin ergänzt, daß die Eltern des todtgeborenen Kindes beide katholischer Religion sind. 

Der Standesbeamte 
In Vertretung 
Kubitza

The German translation provided by German Script Experts:

No. 4
Ryńsk, January 20th 1888

Before the undersigned civil registrar appeared today, personally known, Vincent Bukowksi, a farmhand residing in Ryńsk, and reported that Franziska Bukowska née Kwiatkowska, his wife, of Catholic faith, residing with him in Ryńsk, had given birth to a male child on 19 January 1888 at 12 o’clock at noon, and that the child was stillborn. 17 preprinted words crossed out.

Read, approved, and signed with his mark because the informant is unable to write.
+++ Vincent Bukowski’s mark

The civil registrar
[signature]

Addendum to no. 4
This record is amended to include the information that both parents of the stillborn child are of Catholic faith.

The civil registrar
Deputy Kubitza

Vincinety Frank Bukowski and Franciska Kwiatkowski Family Group

With the addition of Männlichen or infant boy Bukowski there are eleven recorded children born to Vincinety Frank Bukowski and Franciska Kwiatkowski:
  1. Männlichen Bukowski b. 19 January 1888 in Ryńsk, Poland
  2. Teo Fila Bukowski b. 26 March 1889 in Ryńsk, Poland 
  3. Catherine M. Bukowski b. 23 November 1891 in Poland
  4. William F. Bukowski b. 14 September 1894 in Poland
  5. John Frank Bukowski b. 7 December 1897 in Erie, Erie County, Pennsylvania
  6. Gustave Joseph Bukowski b. 11 February 1899 in Erie, Erie County, Pennsylvania
  7. Helen Tillie Bukowski b. 13 June 1901 in Erie, Erie County, Pennsylvania
  8. Clara Tillie Bukowski b. 31 August 1903 in Erie, Erie County, Pennsylvania
  9. Joseph R. Bukowski b. 4 July 1906 in Erie, Erie County, Pennsylvania
  10. Josefa Bukowski b. 29 July 1908 in Erie, Erie County, Pennsylvania
  11. Edward Bukowski b. 3 February 1911 in Erie, Erie County, Pennsylvania
Franciska did leave clues that she was the mother of two additional children.

In the 1900 United States Federal Census Franciska indicated she was the mother of seven children and five children were living. Five children were recorded in the household - Teo Fila, Catherine, William, John and Gustave.

In the 1910 United States Federal Census Franciska indicated she was the mother of eleven children and eight children were living. The eight living children in 1910 include:  Teo Fila, Catherine, William, John, Gustave, Helen, Clara and Joseph.

Vincinety Frank Bukowski and Franciska Kwiatkowski Family Timeline

The death record for Männlichen Bukowski and the birth record for Teo Fila Bukowski both record Vincent working as a farmhand. The families movements in Poland are noted below.
  • About 1886 Poland - Marriage of Vincinety Frank Bukowski and Franciska Kwiatkowski - exact location is currently not known.
  • 19 January 1888 through 2 April 1889 the family is living in Ryńsk, Poland as recorded in death record for Männlichen Bukowski and birth record for Teo Fila Bukowski. 
  • 23 November 1891 the family was living in Poland - birth of Catherine M. Bukowski - exact location is currently not known.
  • 14 September 1894 the family was living in Poland - birth of William F. Bukowski - exact location is currently not known.
  • 1895 Antwerp, Belgium - Port of Departure 
  • 1 May 1895 New York, New York - Port of Arrival - Ellis Island 





The unknown child would have been my 2nd great uncle. He was the brother of my great-grandmother Helen Tillie Bukowski. Helen's son Arthur Murosky is my paternal grandfather.

References:
  1. Ancestry.com. Eastern Prussian Provinces, Germany [Poland], Selected Civil Vitals, 1874-1945 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2016. 
  2. Ellis Island Records, Bukowski, Vincent Manifest: First Name: Vincenty Last Name: Bukowski Ethnicity: Germany Last Place of Residence: Date of Arrival: May 01, 1895 Age at Arrival: 33y Gender: M Marital Status: Ship of Travel: Noordland Port 
  3. 1900 U.S. Census, Pennsylvania, Erie, Erie, Ward 2, 1900 United States Federal Census Schedule; Online Images, Record for Bukowski, Vincent 1.
  4. 1910 U.S. Census, Pennsylvania, Erie, Erie, 2nd Ward, 1910 United States Federal Census Schedule; Online Images, Record for Bukowski, Vincent. 

Sunday, February 9, 2020

Bukowski & Kwiatkowski Research Update: Teo Fila Bukowski Birth Location Identified

This is the first post in the Bukowski & Kwiatkowski Research Update Series. This series will be focused on two Polish immigrants, my 2nd great-grandparents, who settled in Erie, Erie County, Pennsylvania and their family members.  Vincinety Frank Bukowski and Franciska Kwiatkowski arrived at Ellis Island 1 May 1895 with three small children - Teo Fila, Catherine and William. The family had sailed from Antwerp, Belgium on the Noorland. The family was very quiet about their past - leaving few clues to where they lived in Poland and why they left. All that was known is that the family resided on the Prussian or German side of the Polish partition. The city of origin for the family was previously unknown. Over the last year collaboration with other researchers, DNA results and newly discovered records have provided additional context to where in Poland the families were living prior to their journey to Ellis Island.

Teo Fila Bukowski was the oldest of the three children recorded with Vincenty Frank Bukowski and Franciska Kwiatkowski when when the family was processed at Ellis Island on 1 May 1895. Teo Fila was 6 years old when she made the voyage with her parents and two younger siblings. The Ellis Island records indicate the family was in route to Erie, Erie County, Pennsylvania where they lived the rest of their lives.

Various historical records indicate that Teo Fila Bukowski was born March 1889 in Poland. She married Frank J. Gaczkowski on 6 September 1909 in Erie, Erie County, Pennsylvania at St. Stanislaus Catholic Church.

Michelle M. Murosky: The Bukowski Collection &emdash; Teo Fila Bukowski &  Frank J. Gaczkowski Wedding Portrait
Frank J. Gaczkowski and Teo Fila Bukowski
Photograph from the Edward W. Zelazny Collection. Photographer Unknown. 
Editing and digital restoration by Michelle M. Murosky.

For many years very few details were known about where in Poland the family was from. The departing ships records for Antwerp were unfortunately lost in World War I. In the 1900 United States Federal Census Vincenty Frank Bukowski and Franciska Kwiatkowski both indicated their birthplace was "Poland, Germany".  In the 1910 United States Federal Census Vincenty Frank and Franciska Kwiatkowski both indicated their birthplace was "Germany Polish".  Both of these census records were strong indicators the family was living on the Prussian or the German side of the Polish Partition.

To date no records have been located that indicate Vincenty Frank Bukowski submitted an application for United States citizenship. Additionally, in the 1930 United States Federal Census Vincenty Frank Bukowski was enumerated with the status of "alien" in the naturalization section.  This was the final census were Vincenty was recorded. He died 27 April 1937 in Erie, Erie County, Pennsylvania.   The death certificates for Vincenty Frank Bukowski and Franciska Kwiatkowski listed a country of origin only.  As a result, the city of origin for the family remained unknown.

Additional Research Opportunities 

The three known children born in Poland provided another research opportunity. If Polish birth or baptismal records could be located for the children - those records would identify a potential starting point for research in Poland. Several years ago I was able to obtain a list of Polish cities that were associated with the Vincenty Frank Bukowski family in wedding and baptismal records recorded at St. Stanislaus Church in Erie, Erie County, Pennsylvania. The city and regional names included Pluskowęsy, Ryńsk, Wąbrzeźno and Orzechowo, Wąbrzeźno.

There were several challenges to continuing the search for a city of origin:
  • The first challenge was having multiple cities and regions. Some of the locations included multiple Catholic Parishes. 
  • The second challenge was access to the records. Some of the Polish records are only accessible via microfilms housed in the collections at Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah or one of the Family History Library affiliate libraries. It is also possible that additional records exist in Polish or European Archives - but those archives add a another layer complexity to the research.
  • The third challenge was the potential language barrier. Depending on the location and the record type there were also was also a possibility the original records would be in German, Polish or Latin. 
Without having an exact location to start - the research would involve casting a wide net which would require attempting to search the available films for Pluskowęsy, Ryńsk, Wąbrzeźno and Orzechowo, Wąbrzeźno. Due to time and the above factors no further research was conducted on this family.

First Polish Record Located

Last year another researcher I had been previously connected with sent me a note. The researcher indicated that Ancestry had a potential birth registration record for Teo Fila Bukowski in the Eastern Prussian Provinces, Germany [Poland], Selected Civil Vitals, 1874-1945 database. The original records were located in the Berlin State Archives.

After accessing a copy of the original German record - I reached out to Ute Brandenburg the owner of German Script Experts for translation assistance.

MB Boutiques: Historical Records &emdash; Theofila Bukowski - 31 Mar 1889 Birth Record
Teo Fila Bukowski Birth Record 
31 March 1889
Ryńsk, Poland
The original record as recorded in German:

Nr. 17
Rynsk am 2ten April 1889

Vor dem unterzeichneten Standesbeamten erschien heute, der Persönlichkeit nach bekannt, der
Pferdeknecht Vincent Bukowski wohnhaft zu Rynsk, katholischer Religion, und zeigte an, daß von
der Franziska Bukowska, geborenen Kwiatkowska, seiner Ehefrau, katholischer Religion,
wohnhaft bei ihm zu Rynsk, in seiner Wohnung am ein und dreißigsten März des Jahres tausend
acht hundert achtzig und neun, Nachmittags um zehn Uhr ein Kind weiblichen Geschlechts
geboren worden sei, welches den Vornamen Theofila erhalten habe.

Vorgelesen, genehmigt und wegen Schreibensunkunde des Anzeigenden mit dessen Handzeichen
versehen. +++

Der Standesbeamte.

The German translation provided by German Script Experts:

No. 17
Rynsk, April 2nd 1889

Before the undersigned civil registrar appeared today, personally known, Vincent Bukowski, a
farmhand residing in Ryńsk  of Catholic faith, and reported that Franziska Bukowska née
Kwiatkowska, his wife, of Catholic faith, residing with him in Ryńsk, had given birth to a female
child at his residence on 31 March 1889 at 10 o’clock in the evening. The child was named
Theofila.

Read, approved, and signed with his mark because the informant is unable to write. +++

The Civil Registrar

Teo Fila Bukowski Birth Record Verified

After reviewing the record in detail - the evidence in the birth record aligned with other known details about Teo Fila Bukowski:
  • The father's name, Vincent Bukowski, matched. 
  • The mother's first name, Franciska, matched.
  • The mother's maiden name, Kwiatwkows, matched.
  • The birth month and year, March 1889, matched.
  • The location, Ryńsk, Poland, matched with the locations associated with the family in the St. Stanlislaus Catholic Church Records.  
The birth record for Teo Fila Bukowski is first historical recorded located for the family in Poland. we now had a starting point to continue to research the family.

A Starting Point - Ryńsk, Poland

Ryńsk is a small rural village located in north-central Poland. Vincenty Frank Bukowski, Franciska Kwiatkowski and Teo Fila Bukowski were living in Ryńsk, Poland March and April 1889.




Teo Fila Bukowski is my 2nd great aunt. She is the sister of my great-grandmother Helen Tillie Bukowski. Helen's son Arthur Murosky is my paternal grandfather. 

References:
  1. Ellis Island Records, Bukowski, Vincent Manifest: First Name: Vincenty Last Name: Bukowski Ethnicity: Germany Last Place of Residence: Date of Arrival: May 01, 1895 Age at Arrival: 33y Gender: M Marital Status: Ship of Travel: Noordland Port 
  2. 1900 U.S. Census, Pennsylvania, Erie, Erie, Ward 2, 1900 United States Federal Census Schedule; Online Images, Record for Bukowski, Vincent 1.
  3. 1910 U.S. Census, Pennsylvania, Erie, Erie, 2nd Ward, 1910 United States Federal Census Schedule; Online Images, Record for Bukowski, Vincent. 
  4. 1930 U.S. Census, Pennsylvania, Erie, Erie, 1930 United States Federal Census Schedule; Online Images, Record for Bukowski, Vincent. 
  5. "Pennsylvania, County Marriages, 1885-1950," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:VFQG-RXM : accessed 19 October 2015), Frank J. Gaczkowski and Teophila Bukowska, 06 Sep 1909; citing Marriage, Pennsylvania, county courthouses, Pennsylvania; FHL microfilm 2,209,545.
  6. Ancestry.com. Eastern Prussian Provinces, Germany [Poland], Selected Civil Vitals, 1874-1945 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2016. 

Monday, November 11, 2019

Remembering Our Veterans - In valor there is hope

America’s Veterans have served their country with the belief that democracy and freedom are ideals to be upheld around the world. -John Doolittle 

Today we remember and honor our Military Veterans. Thank you to those who served. May we never forget their sacrifices and their service.

The Military Service list is a work in progress that is updated as family history research progresses. If family members are missing please let me know and they will be incorporated. 

Unknown Military Service

Antoine Loll was born November 17, 1798 in Marcholsheim, Alsace, France. He is said to have served in the Served in the German calvary or the French Army for seven years. Antoine Loll is featured in the blog post Antonine Loll: German Cavalryman


Hermann Selker is said to have a soldier, serving under Napoleon Bonaparte in the Prussian Army during the retreat from MoscowRussia in 1812.


Andrew Haggerty was the son of Robert Haggerty and Rebecca Easly. He was born in 1839 and he may have served in the Civil War. Historical records show that an Andrew Haggerty died at Gettysburg on July 2, 1863. It is currently unknown if the Andrew Haggerty that died at Gettysburg is the son of Roberty Haggerty and Rebecca Easly.

John Lauer, the husband of Francisca Loll. Francisca was the sister of John Loll above and the daughter of Antoine Loll and Mary Ann Jehl, my 4th great grandparents. John was born 15 May 1841 in BaveriaGermany the son of George Lauer and Ursula Bendorfer. John is said to arrived with his parents to the United States in 1846. John would have been around 20 at the start of the war. A Proud People A Proud Heritage, compiled by the compiled by the History Committee of St. Joseph Parish, LucindaPa. indicates that John was taken as a prisoner of war on April 25, 1864. He later re-joined his regiment on December 16, 1864.

John Loll was born in MarcholsheimAlsaceFrance on 08 Oct 1843. He is the son of Antoine Loll and Mary Ann Jehl, my 4th great grandparents. He arrived in the United States on 07 Oct 1852 at the Port of New York when he was 9 years old with his family. At the age of 18 he would serve in the Union Army. In February of 1862 he would be wounded in battle and would die as a casualty of war on June 10, 1862 in a hospital in WashingtonD.C.

Joseph Loll served between 1861 and 1863 Company F, 63rd Regiment. 

James McDonald fought in the Civil War. In August 1,1861 he was enlisted in Company F, 63rd regiment at approximately age 33.  James was in a Confederate Prison camp from May 31 to September 13, 1862. He was promoted to corporal May, 1863; discharged August 28, 1863, for wounds received at Chancellorsville, Va., May 31, 1862. He was shot in the right arm. His grave marker at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Crown, Clarion CountyPennsylvania  indicates his rank of Corporal.  James would have been about 32 at the time of the civil war. James is estimated to be born around 1829 in Ireland, the son of David McDonald and Bridget, my 4th great grandparents.

John McDonald, brother of James McDonald, also served in the civil war. He enlisted as a private on February 25, 1864 at approximately age 28 with Company F, 63rd Regiment.  He was transferred to Company H, the 105th Regiment Pennsylvania Volunteers. He died October 16, 1864 in Beverly, New Jersey. He is buried in Beverly National Cemetery in Beverly, Burlington County, New Jersey. His grave marker references Company H, 105 PA. Inf. To view his grave marker visit this link.

Andrew McDonald, brother of James and John also served in the civil war. He enlisted as a private on March 14, 1862 at approximately age 22 for three years. Andrew was in a Confederate Prison camp from May 31 to September 13, 1862 with his brother James. He was then transferred to Company G., Second U.S. Calvary, on November 5, 1862 were he served as a sergeant.

To view the original post highlighting the service of Civil War veterans visit the Civil War Veterans

Spanish American War

Leopold M. Loll was born 18 Nov 1875. He was the son of Joseph Loll, my 3rd great grand uncle, and Helen Eisenman. According to William Loll, who wrote the Loll Family History books, Leopold served in the Spanish American War.  Leopold died in 1918 at the age of 42.

World War I

Gabriel Augustine Haggerty born 1891 and served in WWI.

Vincent Charles Lynam born July 6, 1888 in Fryburg, Clarion, Pennsylvania served in WWI.

Robert Edwin McDonald
 was born in Clarion Clarion County Pennsylvania Feb 1, 1899 the third child born to Robert Alphonsus McDonald Winifred Agnes O'Neill.

Joseph Murosky, Sr. was born July 4, 1900 in Forest City, Susquehanna, Pennsylvania. He was the son of Anthony Murosky, Sr. and Eva Zielinski.  He served in the United States Army as a Private First Class (PFC).  He enlisted on May 2, 1917 at age 16 and was discharged on October 2, 1919 at age 19.

To view the original post highlighting the service of  WWI veterans visit the post In Memory of WWI Veterans


There are numerous World War II veterans in the family.

Daniel L. Bukowski was born September 19, 1921. He served as a Sargent in the Army from October 24, 1942 through December 17, 1945. He was recognized in World War II Young American Patriots, 1941-1945 for his service. He was awarded the Army Good Conduct Medal, the European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal and the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal.
Michelle M. Murosky: The Military Collection &emdash; Daniel L. Bukowski
Daniel L. Bukowski
Joseph R. Bukowski was born July 4, 1906 in Erie, Pennsylvania.  He served in the Army between June 15, 1943 and June 24, 1944 as a Private in the Army.

Norbert Bukowski was born July 13, 1920 in Erie, Erie County, Pennsylvania. He served in the United States Coast Guard from June 17, 1942 through November 7, 1945.
Michelle M. Murosky: The Military Collection &emdash; Norbert Bukowski & Judy Bukowski
Norbert Bukowski with his daughter Judy
Raymond H. Bukowski was born February 28, 1920 in Erie, Pennsylvania   He served in the US Navy.

Michelle M. Murosky: The Military Collection &emdash; Raymond H. Bukowski
Raymond H. Bukowski

John E. Chanis, Jr. was born February 12, 1916 in Forest City, Pennsylvania He served in WWII - PFC between July 27, 1944 and September 1945.

Anthony Aloysius Fromknecht was born January 23, 1925 in Erie, Erie County, Pennsylvania. He was the son of Joseph J. Fromknecht and Mary Loesch. Anthony enlisted in the United States Army on February 21, 1941 in Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania. He served as a 1st Lieutenant. He was discharged from service on December 22, 1945.

MB Boutiques: The Military Collection &emdash; Anthony Aloysius Fromknecht
Anthony Aloysius Fromknecht
Raymond Loll was born in 1922 the son of Francis G. Loll, my 2nd cousin 3x removed, and Elizabeth Hartle. On February 20, 1943, at age 21, Raymond enlisted with the Air Corps in Miami Beach, Florida. Raymond was trained as a B-29 pilot and assigned to the 43rd Bomber Squadron and the 29th Bomber Group designated 'Very Heavy'. On April 14, 1945 Raymond's plane was lost and the crew perished on a Mission to Tokyo. Raymond was recorded as Missing in Action or Buried at Sea. Raymond was 23 years old at the time of his death. He was awarded a Purple Heart and an Air Medal for his service. He is also honored in the Tablets of the Missing at the Honolulu Memorial at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific.

Michelle M. Murosky: The Military Collection &emdash; Honolulu, Hawaii, National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific (Pun
Memorial Wall, Honolulu, HI 
Barbara Lynam was born June 24, 1912 in Oil City, Pennsylvania. She served in the PFC WAC WWII.
Michelle M. Murosky: The Military Collection &emdash; Barbara Lynam
Barbara Lynam
Robert Aloysius Haggerty was born July 24, 1927. He served as a SSGT in the US Marine Corps in WWII. 

Ambrose Aloysius McDonald, Jr. was born 02 Oct 1919 in PittsburghAllegheny CountyPennsylvania. He was the son of Ambrose Aloysius McDonald, my 2nd great grand uncle and Gertrude Anna O'Neill, my 2nd great grand aunt. Ambrose Aloysius was also the brother of Virginia McDonald Geary and is a double cousin to me as we are related by the McDonald and O'Neill lines. Ambrose volunteered for military service and joined the Marine Corps. He was killed by enemy fire in Tarawa in November of 1943, at age 24, upon landing on the beach. He earned a Purple Heart for his service. In addition to being remembered at the Tablets of the Missing at Honolulu Memorial in Honolulu, Hawaii he also has a memorial in Arlington National Cemetery. He now has a memorial in Arlington National Cemetery,  thanks to his sister Virginia McDonald Geary. Ambrose is featured in the blog post A Letter from Tarawa

Michelle M. Murosky: The McDonald Collection &emdash; Ambrose Aloysius McDonald Jr.
Ambrose Aloysius McDonald, Jr.
Michelle M. Murosky: The Military Collection &emdash; Ambrose Aloysius McDonald Jr.
The gravemarker for Ambrose in Arlington National Cemetery
James Aloysius McDonald was born 02 Jan 1912 in PittsburghAllegheny CountyPennsylvania. He was the son of Robert Alphonsus McDonald, my 2nd great grandfather and Winifred Agnes O'Neill, my 2nd great grandmother. James served in the US Army. He enlisted in Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania on 17 July 1942. He was discharged from service 1 November 1945. James died 18 June 1982 at age 70.   

Michelle M. Murosky: The Military Collection &emdash; James Aloysius McDonald
James Aloysius McDonald


MB Boutiques: The McDonald Collection &emdash; 1945 - The McDonald Family
Back: Loraine Anthony McDonald, Frances Philomena Selker, Winifred Agnes O'Neill, James Aloysius McDonald. Front: Robert Alphonsus McDonald holding May Helen Murosky

Edward V. Murosky was born 03 Mar 1925 in ErieErie CountyPennsylvania. He was the son of Anthony Harry Murosky Jr., my great grandfather and Helen Tillie Bukowski, my great grand mother. Edward was stationed along the Alaskan Highway in WWII. Edward died on 11 Dec 1996, at age 71, in ErieErie CountyPennsylvania.

Michelle M. Murosky: The Military Collection &emdash; Edward V. Murosky
Edward V. Murosky
Harry A. Murosky was born 21 Mar 1921 in ErieErie CountyPennsylvania. He was the son of Anthony Harry Murosky Jr., my great grandfather and Helen Tillie Bukowski, my great grand mother. Harry died on 29 Mar 2002, in RaleighNorth Carolina.

Michelle M. Murosky: The Military Collection &emdash; Harry Anthony Murosky
Harry A. Murosky

William Murosky was born July 11, 1902 in Forest City, Pennsylvania. He served in the Army, WWII Air Corps from August 12, 1942 through January 1943. 


Michelle M. Murosky: The Murosky Collection &emdash; William Murosky
William Murosky

Benjamin Ragan Norris was born December 30, 1916. He served as a waist gunner on a B17. Four days after his wedding to Barbara Lynam he was shipped abroad. His plane the War Eagle crash landed on May 28, 1944 90 miles east of Treves, Germany after engine trouble. All of the crew were taken prisoners by the Germans. except for Benjamin and the other waist gunner Daniel Dunbar. They walked 300 miles to Allied France. They were picked up by the French Resistance and fought with them until the area was liberated by the US 4th armored division. At that point Benjamin was sent back to the United States were he served an instructor for future recruits.

Michelle M. Murosky: The Military Collection &emdash; Benjamin Ragan Norris
Benjamin Ragan Norris
Christopher D. O'Neill was born in Clarion, Clarion County, Pennsylvania in 1919. He was the son of Owen James O'Neill and Nellie Boyles. Christopher was was a member of the 579th Bomber Squadron, 392nd Bomber Group, Heavy. He served as s a Right Waist Gunner/Assistant Engineer on the B-24 aircraft. He died on November 6, 1943 in a German Hospital in Middelburg, the Netherland after suffering injuries from jumping out his aircraft the day before. He was buried in the Ardennes American War Cemetery in Belgium. He was awarded a Purple Heart and an Air Medal for his service. To view his  his grave marker visit this link.

Edward Charles Selker, Jr. was born 26 January 1926. He is the son of Edward C. Selker Sr. and Eva Theresa Margaret Zacherl. Edward enlisted with the United States Navy on 12 April 1944. He was discharged on 18 June 1946.


MB Boutiques: The Selker Collection &emdash; Edward Chalres Selker Jr.
Edward Charles Selker, Jr.
Leopold George Selker, Jr. was born 21 July 1918. He as the the son of Leopold George Selker, Sr. and Katherine V. Hartle. Leopold enlisted with the United States Army on 3 January 1944. He was discharged on 31 January 1945.
MB Boutiques: The Selker Collection &emdash; Leopold George Selker, Jr.
Leopold George Selker, Jr. 
Philip Franz Selker was born 25 Apr 1907 in Montabaur, Westerwald,  Germany. He was the son of Karl Friedrich Selker, my 2nd great grand uncle. His mother has been listed as Margarita Wolf, but on a personal visit to him in 2001 he indicated that Margarita Wolf was not his mother and that his father had re-married after her death. Philip arrived in the United States in 1929, he came to avoid the growing military establishment in Germany. During World War II, Philip served in the Infantry in the United States Army.  He landed at Omaha Beach on the second day of the invasion of Europe.  He saw Action in FranceBelgium, and Germany.  He was injured during the Bulge. He later participated in the war in the Pacific.

I had the opportunity to meet Philip in 2001 in Chicago to learn more about my German Heritage. When my husband and I got off the Metra train in Morton Grove, Philip said that he knew who we were because my face had the look of the German family. We had a wonderful visit with Philip, his wife and his daughter.  Philip was in his early 90's when we met him and he was full of life and energy. Philip died on 24 Sep 2006 at age 99 in GlenviewIllinoisPhilip is featured in the blog post Philip Selker - Battle of Normandy Veteran

Robert V. Pietrzak was born October 25, 1925 in Erie, Erie County, Pennsylvania. He served in the United States Navy.
Michelle M. Murosky: The Military Collection &emdash; Robert, Leona & Stanley Pietrzak
Robert V. Pietrzak, Leona Pietrzak and Stanley Pietrzak

Edward W. Zelazny was born September 11, 1915 in Erie, Pennsylvania. He was the son of Joseph Stanislaus Zelazny and Catherine M. Bukowski. He served as a Navy Corpsman from 1944 to 1945. He served as a medic in the Philippines.

Michelle M. Murosky: The Military Collection &emdash; Edward W. Zelazny
Edward W. Zelazny


Korean War 

John Bukowski, Jr. was born April 23, 1932 in Erie PA. He served in the Army as a Corporal from December 2, 1952 to November 6, 1954.




There are several Vietnam veterans in the family, some are still living and are not listed below to protect their privacy.


James Arthur Murosky was born 08 Oct 1942 in ErieErieCounty Pennsylvania, the son of Arthur Murosky, my grandfather, and Mary Eugenia McDonald, my grandmother. James served in Vietnam. He died 23 Nov 1993 at the age of 51, in ErieErie CountyPennsylvania.


Michelle M. Murosky: The Military Collection &emdash; James Anthony Murosky
James Arthur Murosky


Thomas S. Hazlett was born 02 Mar 1942 in BrookfieldNoble CountyOhio. He was the son of Leland M. Hazlett and Hazel Jones. Thomas served in the United States Navy during the Vietnam War.


To view additional photographs visit the The Military Collection  at the family photo website. This digital gallery features over 50 photographs of family members who served in the military. Many of the photographs are from the WWII era. The photographs range from portraits with family members to photos taken where the men were stationed and sent home to loved ones. Many of the photos are from the Helen Tillie Bukowski Collection.